- The Washington Times - Monday, May 13, 2019

There has been much chatter about “Trump derangement syndrome” over the years. Following the Mueller investigation, David Catron, a columnist for The American Spectator, sums up the current fixation on Russian collusion: “There is no constitutional crisis — just a crisis of Democratic confidence,” he writes.

Some say the Democrats need, uh, help.

“We all know the horrors of addiction — lives destroyed, families shattered. It wrecks the fabric of society. Unfortunately, the Democrats have contracted an extraordinarily virulent form — investigating Donald Trump has become crack cocaine to them with maybe fentanyl and methamphetamine thrown in,” writes Roger L. Simon, founder of PJ Media.

“Even when getting a rare touch of sleep, these putative public servants clearly have Trump on the brain. They never think of anything else — or, seemingly, do anything else. And they are far from alone. Legions of Democrats and their media lackeys suffer from the same addiction,” Mr. Simon noted.

Even if there were “a thousand Mueller reports,” determined Democrats still would be, as the columnist put it, “dragging themselves through the streets at dawn, in Allen Ginsberg’s words, ‘looking for an angry fix’ — something, anything, that might make Donald Trump look bad.”



Mr. Simon suggests this obsession could prevent voters from understanding the Democrats’ message for 2020.

“All they do is investigate. In the interest of a two-party system, an intervention is definitely needed — followed by rehab,” Mr. Simon declares.

It’s a complicated business, though.

“Rehab is not just about group therapy in a hot tub. At some point you have to be honest about what brought you there in the first place, otherwise, no progress will be made,” Mr. Simon said. “Life in the USA is pretty good for the vast majority of citizens to the extent that most of the nostrums the Dems would propose wouldn’t contribute much to improve things and might even make them worse. A lot of them know this. The desperate clinging to ‘identity politics’ is a manifestation of this conflicted situation. They don’t have anything else to hold onto.”

NEW HAMPSHIRE VOTERS ALL IN FOR TRUMP

At least 7-in-10 likely Republican primary voters in New Hampshire will be sticking with President Trump in 2020, says a Monmouth University poll released Monday.

“In fact, two-thirds of Granite State Republicans say they would have voted for him in the 2016 primary if they could do it over again — which is nearly double the level of support he actually got three years ago,” the research noted.

“It’s a sign of how much Trump has won over the hearts and minds of the Republican base that likely primary voters do not actually want to see a contested primary,” says Patrick Murray, director of the independent Monmouth University Polling Institute.

The Republicans appear set in their convictions.

“A majority (55%) of likely Republican primary voters in New Hampshire say that Trump should be able to run unopposed for renomination in 2020. Just one-third would prefer to see him face a primary challenge, including 9% who have a specific candidate in mind and 25% who would just like to see a primary challenge in general,” the poll analysis said.

COUNTDOWN ON FOR DEMOCRATIC DEBATE NO. 1

NBC reveals that the first Democratic primary debates air June 26-27 at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County in Miami. The debates for potentially 20-plus candidates begin at 9 p.m. EDT both nights; live-streaming links will be available each night.

“According to NBC, the first Democratic debate will be broadcast on NBC, MSNBC and Telemundo. This means that you’ll be able to watch the debate on your local NBC broadcast station, or on the MSNBC cable channel, or simulcast in Spanish on Telemundo,” affirms Election Central, which tracks the intricacies.

IVY-COVERED HALLS

The removal of historical statuary, paintings and murals from college campuses because they are considered “offensive” by modern standards continues. It has turned into a “national trend,” according to a comprehensive study of this phenomenon by The College Fix, a higher education news website.

It is tracking what it calls collegiate “censorship” and now report who is on the hit list these days. Historic figures who have been targeted include: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Christopher Columbus, Woodrow Wilson, John C. Calhoun, Robert E. Lee and Jefferson Davis.

The removal of “Confederate-era artwork” in particular has taken place at more than a dozen universities.

“The trend shows no end in sight,” writes Graham Piro, a staff reporter for The College Fix.

THE FOX NATION SUMMIT

It is a first for Fox Nation, the online streaming service and “members-only destination and ultimate companion” for those devoted to Fox News. The organization is staging an inaugural fan appreciation summit Tuesday in an Arizona city — complete with contributions from such favorites as: Tomi Lahren, Bill Bennett, David Webb, Ed Henry, Diamond & Silk, Pete Hegseth and more.

The summit features a canny extra feature, sure to add to the cachet of Fox Nation.

“During the event, both subscribers and fans will have an opportunity to pitch programming ideas to Fox Nation producers for a chance to win a trip to New York City and film a pilot production of their show,” advise the organizers; find information at FoxNation.com.

POLL DU JOUR

57% of Americans rate the job performance of the FBI as “excellent or good”; 46% of Republicans, 58% of independents and 66% of Democrats agree.

44% of conservatives, 65% of moderates and 66% of liberals also agree.

23% of Americans rate the FBI as “only fair”; 24% of Republicans, 24% of independents and 22% of Democrats agree.

19% of Americans rate the FBI as “poor”; 29% of Republicans, 17% of independents and 11% of Democrats agree.

44% of conservatives, 65% of moderates and 66% of liberals also agree.

Source: A Gallup poll of April 17-30 and released Friday.

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